Series Review: Nats split a four game with the Cards

WASHINGTON NATIONALS SERIES REVIEW: The Washington Nationals split a four game series with the St. Louis Cardinals.

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SERIES RECORD: 2-2

RECORD VERSUS CARDS:  5-2

NATS OVERALL RECORD: 30-21

DIVISION PLACE: First

RUNS SCORED: 18

RUNS YIELDED: 18

WINNING PITCHER: Stephen Strasburg (9-0), Joe Ross (4-4)

LOSING PITCHER: Max Scherzer (5-4), Gio Gonzalez (3-3)

SERIES MVP: Anthony Rendon.  Renton was hot at the plate with 6 hits at the plate on 10 at bats.  Renton homered, scored twice and had an RBI.  Washington had multi-home run performances in the series with Bryce Harper, Ryan Zimmerman, and Danny Espinosa each smacking two homers apiece.  Overall, Washington hit the long ball 9 times in the form game series.

UNFORGETTABLE MOMENT: That came in today’s 10-2 finale with a pinch hit grand slam home run by Jayson Werth.  It was Werth’s sixth career slam and put the Nats up 8-2, taking any hope of a rebound out of the Cards.

TOP STARTING ARM: Stephen Strasburg.  Joe Ross pitched a fine game as well, allowing just 1 run over 7 innings to get back on track after a few outings.  But how about Strasburg?  Stras threw 6 innings, allowed 1 hit and 1 run on his way to a perfect 9-0 on the season.

TOP BULLPEN ARM: Kudos to Jonathan Papelbon and Felipe Rivero on two shutout appearances.  Pap also picked up his 13th save this series.

HOT AS FIRE: Anthony Rendon.  Renton was 6 for 10 this series with three consecutive three 2 hit games.  Over his last ten games, Rendon is 14 for 35 (.400) with 6 runs scores, 7 RBI.  After a small start to the season, Rendon has lifted his batting average to .267 and is hitting like the Rendon we expected.

STARTING PITCHING:  Joe Ross and Stephen Strasburg were the stars, each allowing just one run each over a combined 13 innings.  Strasburg was the stud, picking up his 9th win to stay a perfect 9-0.  For Ross, he needed a quality start after allowing 15 combined runs over his previous four starts.  Man Scherzer and Gio Gonzalez took losses.  They got racked for 11 runs over a combined 11.2 innings.  Scherzer has been on and off nearly all season, turning in Max Scherzer type dominating performances only to be followed by a less than impressive start.

COLD AS ICE:  Ben Revere.  The lead off hitter went cold this series, collecting just 2 hits on 16 at bats and scoring just one run.  Besides the pinch hit grand slam from Jayson Werth today, he was cold as well, collecting just 2 hits over 13 at bats.

What’s Next?  The Nats embark on a  lengthy nine game road trip beginning tomorrow in Philadelphia the to Cincinnati, and finishing up the road trip against the White Sox in Chicago.

Season Record: 31-20

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